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9 February 2019


What will survival mean for us in the near future? In this exhibition associated with the Fifth Imagine Science Film Festival the artists explore the ubiquity of urban surveillance and resulting human adaptation, the mysteries of perception that will need to be solved before machines can see the world as we do, and the algorithmic observation of the end of the world via the endless data offered by social media. Meanwhile, the natural world endures: the beleaguered ecology of the Anthropocene continues on and the simplest organisms endure the complex requirements of survival.

The artists:

Marina Zurkow a media artist focussed on “near-impossible nature and culture intersections”, currently researching the tensions between maritime ecology and the ocean’s primary human use as a capitalist Pangea

Liam Young independent urbanist, designer and futurist based in London; founder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a futures think tank whose projects explores the consequences of fantastic, perverse and speculative architectures and urbanisms.

Marleine van der Werf filmmaker and visual artist based in Rotterdam, creating poetic/cinematic worlds and experiences that combine analogue film, projection techniques and virtual reality to challenge ideas of how we construct reality

Emilia Tikka designer and artist, lecturer and researcher, originally from Finland but now based in Berlin. Currently artist in residence at Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine and State Festival, the first European artistic residency on the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9

Emily Scaife photographer and animator “obsessed with texture, colour and nature” and “audiovisual concoctions”. Her projects often begin by collecting specimens, then manipulating them through analogue photographic and mark-making techniques to produce print and moving-image works

Franz Milec currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Audiovisual Studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Considers himself an essayist, seeking to uncover the complexities of what we perceive as banal and unimportant; recently started exploring the intersection of film and data visualization, and his works are headed towards full automation and AI


9 February 2019
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NYUAD Arts Centre Project Space
Saadiyat Island
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
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